Smoker’s teeth is an infamous giveaway of a person who has smoked for extended periods of time. The physical aesthetic of yellowed, rotting teeth is just one reason why smoker’s teeth are less than desirable. Smoking comes with some serious implications on not only the appearance of your teeth but also on the health of your mouth as a whole. The following is a list of the negative effects that smoking has on your dental and oral health:
It increases your chances of developing oral cancer.
It increases the chances of complications during dental implant procedures.
It increases your chances of developing gum disease, which leads to tooth loss.
It increases your risk for leukoplakia, which causes white, irritating patches inside your mouth.
It weakens your jaw bones and increases bone loss.
It increases the plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth, which causes infections and cavities.
It inflames the salivary gland openings on the roof of your mouth.
It discolors your teeth.
It gives you bad breath.
Smoking and the usage of other tobacco products weakens the bone and soft tissue in your mouth, thus affecting their attachment to your teeth. Smoking interferes significantly with the way that your gum tissue cells are meant to function, making you much more susceptible to infections. These negative effects are still applicable even with cigars and pipes. Smokeless tobacco products aren’t exactly better. In fact, they further irritate gum tissues and their sugary flavorings increase the chance of cavity infections even more.
It’s never too late to kick the habit and the health benefits are definitely worth the effort. If you want to save yourself some pain down the line and are interested in quitting, talk to your dentist about it. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, contact Tadros Dental today.